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is the point? to make people feel good about whacking somebody else. >> so what is your answer to what mitch mcconnel said? go after rich people. why do it at all? >> it is good to be with you. i think that the minority leader seems to have a math problem. ending the tax cuts for the rich is worth $1 trillion. i think our government spends a little less than $1 trillion. most people think it is $800 billion. this is a ten-year number. you are $80 billion a year. and this is a outside reach. a lot of guys like myself think you are not going to get it. let me ask you this, david, we have a weak economy, i know jobs are growing but they are growing weekly. what sense does it make to raise taxes on anybody when you have such a weak economy. from a economic, not ideal logical stand n point, what sense does it make? >> well, you know larlarry, the labor movement thinks that jobs are the number one agenda here, as you well know, we have had this conversation about your need to do something to get our finances in better shape, the way to do that with the least amount of damage to our economy, is to end the b
, mcconnell no longer wakes up and goes to sleep thinking i'm going to make this guy a one-termer and obama no longer thinks -- >> i hope you're right. >> he doesn't need to be reelected and mcconnell, the republicans don't need to keep him from being -- so both sides are in a position, that's what you're saying. >> joe, neither you nor i are as rich as governor romney so we can't bet $10,000 but i bet $1. >> wait a second. that's a cheap shot and i am nowhere near as rich but i'll bet you, i don't have to double what you're worth to get to romney. >> i don't -- >> see! >> ralph we cut you off before, you said there were three bs, the first was big, the second was balance. >> the second was balance between taxes and here again, let's talk a little bit about balance first, okay? because you have this massive schism between what's balanced. if you look at 2:1 or 3:1 or 4:1. >> in terms of spending cuts versus revenue raised. >> spending cuts versus revenue raised, 2:1 to 3:1, sounds like a massive gap. if it's 2:1, it's two-thirds expense reductions and one-third tax increase
? barack obama is not interested in compromise. keith, you just contradicted yourselves. >> mitch mcconnell has been the guy out there saying it, and all republicans are not willing to have any new tax increases. >> that's not true. there's a difference between raising revenues and raising taxes. >> no, i said tax increases, though. tell me, am i wrong about that, steve? >> no, you are wrong. >> when did he say differently? >> look, i interviewed him this week. he said it many times. he said it on the senate floor. we're willing to compromise on raising taxes. that's something that a lot of republicans aren't real happy with, but he said look, i'm willing to put revenues on the table. but what he's saying, keith, let's be very clear. >> you're saying revenue. i'm saying tax increases. >> right. >> the bush tax rates -- no, i'm talking about bush tax rates. they expire on december 31st contin. >> that's what republicans won't agree to. the answer is no, we're not going to let those rates go up because it's going to do significant damage to the economy. >> like it did during the clinton admin
. there were other voices more disside dissident. certainly i thought senator mcconnell unfortunately didn't sound the same, positive note that the others did but look, the president made very clear that he is prepared to sit down across the aisle. in fact started calling republican colleagues. i've been part of, for a year and a half a group of six, it's now a group of eight. we have been working steadily, and there are other groups working. i believe our colleagues if they're prepared to act, will have options to consider when they return. >> i'm just wondering and senator, do you think it's possible that we don't have to -- will the democrats agree not to get to 39.2, is there something else they'd accept, some other way of revenue raising where that top marginal rate doesn't go back, that seems to be something that, ever since the president compromised that first time, it's like it's been set in stone they could never compromise again or the base will just say that he broke his promise. >> you know, there is more than one way to bell the cat, so why are people so fixed on 39.6? it's be
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